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Collective bargaining organizations at public residential schools for the deaf
Collective bargaining is a relatively new aspect of public residential schools for the deaf. Since the first union was established ten years ago, thirteen teachers' organizations have been established at other schools throughout the country. This is the first paper written on the subject. The purpose of this project was threefold: 1) to gather factual data concerning the establishment of teachers' collective bargaining organizations at public residential schools for the deaf and the deaf and the blind, 2) to uncover problems created by these organizations at these schools, 3) to examine/investigate the effect of these teachers' collective bargaining organizations as felt by the administrators of residential schools where unions already exist. It was found that teachers' collective bargaining organizations present a unique situation for administrators of residential schools for the deaf. The project uncovered many strong opinions toward the unions. Some administrators reported that their position has been weakened by these organizations. Several others reported that the organizations at their schools had caused some problems with the schools' funding sources.